The Islamic rage over the Danish newspaper's publishing of 12 cartoons of Muhammad deemed offensive to Islam has been nurtured and fanned into flames by the clever exploitation of state run media in a number of Arab countries. Michelle Malkin has a round-up and images of the cartoons. The BBC reports that Danes face growing Muslim storm:
Denmark has advised citizens against travel to Saudi Arabia, amid growing anger across the Muslim world at Danish depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
A newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet, one of which pictured a bomb hidden in his turban, apologised on Monday for offending Muslims.
Islam bans any depiction of the Prophet Muhammad or Allah.
The backlash has included a boycott of Danish goods, diplomatic sanctions, and Islamic militant threats.
Zombietime helpfully points out that this well traveled meme, that "Islam bans any depiction of the Prophet Muhammed", is disinformation.
The rage of Islam is intimately connected to the psychology of the Islamic world. Dr. Sanity some months ago wrote about SHAME, THE ARAB PSYCHE, AND ISLAM. Her post is invaluable reading for understanding the world of the Islamists:
As stated earlier in this essay, one of the ways that those who fear shame protect their fragile self is to subjugate those who he perceives as weaker. By doing so, he can rationalize that he is superior to the subjugated individual. In fact, this is the only way he can maximize his honor. In Arab/Islamic culture, women are one of the primary instruments of achieving honor. Hence the bizarre and distorted attitude that the culture has toward women and the exaggerated means by which "honor" must be maintained. So strong is the cultural pressure, even women buy into the delusion (as eloquently demonstrated by Dymphna in this post)